F-25: Academic Code of Conduct

Adoption Date: 03/15/99  |  Revision Date: 04/23/07  |  Revision Date: 09/23/08  |  Review Date: 01/29/19

Education at Prairie State College is a right that comes with responsibilities toward the academic community. For this community to flourish, all members are obliged to create and uphold an environment conducive to the free exchange of ideas and the preservation of the rights of others.

Violations of the Academic Code of Conduct

Faculty members define, communicate, and enforce reasonable standards of behavior in classrooms, laboratories, offices, library, and other instructional areas. When a student’s behavior interferes with an effective learning climate, the student shall be subject to the loss of the right to attend or receive credit in the course and may be subject to more severe disciplinary actions, including suspension or expulsion from the College.

Violations of the Academic Code of Conduct include:

  1. Academic Dishonesty: Any activities which constitute a misrepresentation of the student’s work, including, but not limited to, the following:
    1. Plagiarizing: submitting any work as one’s own which contains any part that is not one’s own and not properly cited.
    2. Cheating: using any source not permitted on a particular assignment or test; knowingly furnishing any false or misleading information (such as data or sources) to fulfill an assignment; or helping someone else to cheat.
    3. Fabricating: providing false information in an attempt to avoid evaluation of academic work.
    For more information on academic dishonesty, refer to the Faculty Senate’s Statement for Students on Academic Honesty.
  2. Disruptive Behavior: Any behaviors which interrupt classroom or laboratory activities, including, but not limited to, the following:
    1. Tardiness, leaving and returning during class, or leaving class early without permission from the professor;
    2. Any use of electronic devices such as cellular phones, pagers and music devices in the classroom or laboratory;
    3. Personal conversations during class;
    4. Bringing children into the classroom, laboratory or other instructional areas.;
    5. Abusive language or epithets directed towards other persons;
    6. Refusing to comply with the directions of the professor.
  3. Unauthorized Use or Misuse of Equipment: Theft or abuse of equipment, computer software, hardware, and network resources including, but not limited, to the following:
    1. Unauthorized installation, use, modification, or copying of software;
    2. Using the network to gain unauthorized access to remote systems or disrupt the security of the network;
    3. Sending obscene, abusive or inappropriate messages over the network;
    4. Unethical, unlawful, or irresponsible use of equipment or the network; and
    5. Use of equipment or computers for personal or business purposes.


Sanctions for Violation of the Academic Code of Conduct

In instances of Academic Dishonesty, the faculty member shall determine the academic sanction, which may include a failing grade on the test or assignment and/or a failing grade for the course. All cases of Academic Dishonesty may be reported in writing to the Dean of Academic Services & Counseling.

In instances of Disruptive Behavior or Unauthorized Use or Misuse of Equipment, the faculty member may discuss the matter with the student, issue verbal or written warnings, or refer the student to the appropriate College official for disciplinary action, in accordance with Policy F-16, Discipline of Students.

The severity of the disciplinary action shall be determined on a caseby-case basis and may not require progressive discipline.